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Safety Academy

Accidents represent operational inefficiencies, waste, and many times, failure. Unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and accidents in general are all symptoms of safety program deficiencies. And, one key component of any successful workers compensation program is an aggressive safety program. Our philosophy is simple: The best way to reduce the total cost of accidents is to prevent accidents.

The AWB CompWise Retro Program offers courses for safety and non-safety professionals who wish to increase their safety knowledge and effectiveness in developing and administering safety programs with their company. The Safety Academy provides you with access to a wide range of educational topics and tools to help you implement and run a successful safety program.

Our presenters are seasoned safety and loss control professionals with extensive experience providing proven risk control strategies. As testimony, here’s some feedback from a few Safety Academy participants:

“The education is very useful. I can take the material and use it the same day. There is an abundance of resources and sharing of ideas.”

“The safety classes provided me with the skills and resources to be proactive with safety issues at my plant. The instruction and networking with others was very rewarding.”

Safety Academy classes are offered once a month throughout the year. For your convenience, the sessions are presented online via a WebEx format with the webinars typically being an hour and a half in duration. Some of the topics offered this past year have included OSHA Recordkeeping, Hazard Communications, Respiratory Protection, Lockout Tagout, and Industrial Ergonomics. The topics are carefully selected based upon findings from on-site loss control consultations, needs expressed by employers, and injury trends within the CompWise Program.

Our schedule of course topics and dates for the fourth quarter of 2018 is listed below. Mark your calendars!

Topic: Welding: How to keep Your Workers Breathing Easy -- Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 10 a.m. PST

Topic: Overhead Crane Safety: Above and Below the Hook -- Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 9 a.m. PST

Topic: Conveyor Safety: Avoiding Nips, Pinches and Other Hazards -- Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 (Time TBD)

Meanwhile, watch for the next Safety Tips newsletter near the end of October!

Spoiler Alert! Listed below are some of the topics you may see in 2019:

  • OSHA Recordkeeping – Is it Recordable or Not Recordable?
  • A Legal Perspective – Red Flags, Liabilities, and Signs of Claims
  • Accident Investigation – Getting to the Root Cause
  • Job Hazard Analysis - The Value of a JHA Before Starting the Task
  • Claims Management & Retro Group 101: Making it Work for You
  • Behavioral Based Safety – The Psychology of Safety
  • Supervisor Safety Management
  • And more!
To enroll in Safety Academy webinars, please contact Karen Wiehn, of Risk Services, at

The Safety Academy is free of charge for employers participating in the Manufacturing Group within the AWB CompWise Retro Program. If your company is not a current CompWise manufacturing member, please contact Karen about the registration fees.

To request information about the classes or assistance with enhancements to your occupational safety and health program or loss control practices, contact Laura Oslund, our Risk Services Consultant for Washington State, at

We look forward to having you join us at the Safety Academy!

© Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. The safety information provided by the Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Risk Services Practice under the CompWise Program is purely advisory. The information herein is not intended to ensure compliance with any local, state or federal codes or standards. It is designed to assist in the prevention of loss due to identified hazards. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. accepts no responsibility for the completeness, accuracy or effectiveness of the information provided.